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Study: Today's Classrooms Don't Foster Enough Creative Problem Solving Skills

Both students and teachers agree that creativity is going to be integral in solving the biggest challenges in the workplace. However, 69 percent of educators think that there is not enough creative problem solving skills taught in classrooms today, according to a new study from Adobe.

Global educators identified serval barriers to teaching creative problem solving:  lack of time to create, lack of education training for new software, lack of access to new hardware and software in classrooms and outdated standardized test requirements

In order to help educators and employers take action, Adobe recommends the following:

  1. There needs to be a great emphasis on developing creative and soft skills so students can succeed in the future workplace;
  2. Job seekers need to showcase these soft skills throughout the hiring process and work on continual skill development;
  3. More tools need to be available to students to grow and faster their creative skills; and
  4. Hiring managers and recruiters need to adapt the way they evaluate and seek out candidates.

The full study is available on Adobe's site (registration required).

About the Author

Sara Friedman is a reporter/producer for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe covering education policy and a wide range of other public-sector IT topics.

Friedman is a graduate of Ithaca College, where she studied journalism, politics and international communications.

Friedman can be contacted at sfriedman@1105media.com or follow her on Twitter @SaraEFriedman.

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